Men’s Lacrosse League Summer Rules

League will follow NCAA rules with the following exceptions:

  1. Time Factors: 2 – 25 minute running time halves with a 2 minute halftime period. The clock stops on all whistles during the last minute of the second half and when there is an undue delay in retrieving an out of bounds ball. Failure to have an adequate supply of balls should result in a penalty. Clock will start on schedule for each game.
  2. Sudden Victory 2:30 overtime period in the event of a tie. Overtime will start right away (no switching sides and no break – just substitutions if needed and then a face-off). No time outs in overtime.  If there is no winner after 2:30 (running time) – it will go in as a tie.  In playoffs – 5 minute sudden victory periods until there is a winner (1st goal wins).
  3. Penalty Time: Penalty time does not start until the whistle is blown to restart play. The penalty clock shall stop when the whistle blows to stop play.
  4. Time-outs: Each team is allowed 1 timeout per game (30 seconds). Live ball time-outs can be called with the ball ANYWHERE on the field.
  5. Substitution: No horn, done on the fly and through the scorers table area, except after a goal is scored.
  6. Dive rule: NCAA dive rule is NOT USED. Our rule is simple: a goal is disallowed only when an offensive player is in the crease BEFORE the ball crosses the goal line, also referred to as SAVE THE DIVE.
  7. Long sticks: The allowable number of long sticks on the field is six (6).
  8. Referee Discretion: The Referee will check one stick (if requested by opposing team). Stick Checks shall consist of the “drop test” and the depth of the pocket. Referee shall not check personal equipment. Equipment: Palms of gloves can be cut out. Arm pads, shoulder pads, and mouthpieces are not required but are encouraged by the league.
  9. Goalies – a goalie must be present to start the game. Goalies must wear a chest protector, a throat protector, helmet, gloves and have a goalie stick. Cups/Athletic supporters are STRONGLY encouraged.
  10. Expulsion from game: If a player(s) is expelled from a league game for use of vulgar language directed at another player(s) or five (5) personal fouls he will be allowed to play in the following game. If a player(s) is expelled from a second league game, in the same season including all scrimmages and playoffs, that player(s) will not be allowed to participate in the next league game. If a player(s) is expelled from a league game for fighting, that player(s) is suspended for the next league game. If the same player(s) is expelled from a second league game in a season, for fighting, that player(s) shall be ejected from the league for the remainder of the season. This rule includes all scrimmages and playoffs.
  11. Obscene language: The penalty shall be for one to three minutes at the Referee’s discretion. The penalty time is non-releasable.
  12. Field dimensions: Width can be 53 to 60 yards. Limit lines and the 4 inch box at the center of the field are not required. Lines on the sides of the attack areas are required, but do not have to be solid. All other dimensions and lines must be as per NCAA rules unless a team has a written waiver from the SSL.
  13. Referees: There will be 2 referees for league games and 3 for semi-final and championship playoff games.
  14. The game will start as long as there are 8 players on a team (including a goalie).

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